Society of Italian Researchers & Professionals in Western Canada
Special Message

Social distancing guidelines put forth by the Canadian government (no large crowd events) is still paramount in our fight of Covid-19.

ARPICO speaking/public events are typically, by their very nature, occasions when people meet and converse at close range, rendering social distancing challenging. In light of this and in line with both provincial and federal guidelines, for the safety of its members, guests, speakers and volunteers, the ARPICO board of directors has voted unanimously to suspend the Society’s public activity until further notice.

We will continue to monitor the development of the pandemic in Canada and around the world via information from national and international health officers, with a view to decide when it will be safe to restart our public events. We are all very much looking forward to a time when life returns to normal and public activities can resume.

We wish to emphasize that the rest of ARPICO’s activities, such as selection of topics and speakers for future events, fundraising, advertising our travel scholarship and interviewing applicants for it will continue normally.

We trust that our members will support this course of action and are looking forward to resuming our activity as soon as the health situation permits it.

The Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW) Celebrates Italian Heritage Month

The Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW), in collaboration with the National Congress of Italian Canadians and Accenti Magazine is pleased to announce literary events across Canada under the Books and Biscotti Literary Series. Eight events will be held this June to celebrate Italian Heritage Month: Toronto on June 1 and 21, Montreal on June 4, Oshawa on June 8, Ottawa on June 13, Vancouver on June 17, Edmonton and Sarnia on June 22, Halifax on June 28.

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"We are extremely proud of our work at the Association of Italian Canadian Writers, a volunteer-based group founded in 1986," said Dr. Licia Canton, President of the AICW. "Our 15th biennial conference, held earlier this month in Montreal, was very successful with speakers from across Canada, Europe and the United States. The AICW emphasizes the work of creative individuals – writers – who often work on the periphery of the Italian Canadian com­munity. We are pleased to reach new audiences during Books and Biscotti events across Canada."

Licia Canton has recently published the anthology Conspicuous Accents (Longbridge Books, 2014) which features 42 stories by 35 authors, most of Italian heritage. She has been president of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW) since 2010. The AICW will organize activities at Montreal's Italian Week in August and Toronto's International Book Fair in November.

Founded in 1986, the Association of Italian Canadian Writers brings together a community of writers, critics, academics, and other artists and promotes Italian Canadian literature and culture within an ethnoculturally diverse society. The AICW is a nonprofit organization.

Join us as a member of ARPICO to support our endeavour to disseminate knowledge and research work, provide accesible and informal forums for discussions and debate, and exchange ideas realted to topics and issues relevant to modern society.